Simon Jordan has described Manchester United as ‘fundamentally unique’ for the way they continue to make enormous amounts of money without on-field success.
It’s been eleven years since United won the Champions League, however a remarkable 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night kept this season’s European dream alive.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men came back from the brink thanks to Marcus Rashford’s controversial VAR penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage, sending the Red Devils through on away goals.
And, speaking to Jim White on Thursday, Jordan described why no club can replicate what United do as a business.
“They aren’t actually achieving a great deal, in terms of winning things right now,” he said.
“Normally, when you make a lot of money out of something it’s because you happen to be the best, or you happen to be winning something.
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“I’m looking at Manchester United and I’m thinking this is a powerful juggernaut, a monolithic business, which is going through the gears and still making an enormous amount of money with a backdrop of actually being quite mediocre on its achievement level.
“Can they sustain that? If United continue on this five-year sabbatical without winning anything meaningful, will they continue to be a financial powerhouse? And I think they probably will.
“There’s something absolutely and fundamentally unique about Manchester United that very few clubs in the world can ever replicate.
“That is why Man City are a Frankenstein club – because they have to win to be successful.
“Man United are powering through a very sustained period of mediocrity over the last five years.
“What other business could do this? You have to say there is something quite phenomenal about the uniqueness of Manchester United.
“All hail Manchester United for being such a magnificent football club.”